SamulNori shares traditions at Harris Center

On Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. the master drummers and dancers of SamulNori, a renowned South Korean ensemble, share unique ancient traditions at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

SamulNori is the name of a group of four dynamic musicians dedicated to performing and preserving traditional Korean music and dance.

The name also refers to the style of music they created. Since these superb percussionists formed the group in 1978, SamulNori has sparked a renaissance in Korea’s music scene and garnered worldwide acclaim.

The Korean words “samul” and “nori” mean “four things” and”‘to play.” In the case of SamulNori, they refer to the four musicians playing and dancing with four percussion instruments.

Founded by Kim,Duk-soo, the group’s leader and master of the Changgo (hourglass shaped drum), SamulNori has become the leading traditional Korean performance group. The ensemble performs in many configurations but usually tours as a quartet with Master Kim at the helm.

The origins of the group’s music can be traced to what is usually referred to as farmers’ band music (nongak) and ceremonial music. It also incorporates the influences of folk and religious music (binari) and their intricate rhythms have become quite uniquely their own.

SamulNori has collaborated with many highly acclaimed musicians from around the world from a variety of styles of music, ranging from jazz to pop and has also performed with orchestras in concertos written exclusively for them.

Tickets are priced at $19 to $29, premium tickets are $39 and students with ID are $12.

Tickets are available online at or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket.

Harris Center for the Arts

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